Dark skies, another joy of the National Conservation Lands.
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Makes Outside Magazine’s “Best Places for Night Sky Viewing”
Check out Outside Magazine’s list of best places for night sky viewing. The article includes areas designated by the International Dark-Sky Association or IDA to stargaze—especially places absent the yellow haze of light pollution. Arizona’s Parashant International Dark Sky Province is the latest, in 2014, to earn the hat tip from the IDA. The providence includes the pristine, breathtaking skies above 1.05 million acres of land in northwest Arizona at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
A part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands, the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is a vast, biologically diverse landscape encompassing an array of scientific and historic objects. The BLM and National Park Service jointly manage the Monument, which was established by presidential proclamation in 2000. Valuable geological resources are located within the Monument boundaries, including relatively undeformed and unobscured Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rock layers and abundant fossils, which offer a clear view of the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau. The Monument also contains outstanding biological resources including giant Mojave yucca, trophy-quality mule deer, California condor, desert tortoise, and southwestern willow flycatcher.
Visit the BLM’s website to learn more about the area.
Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist